Florida Heavy Rains And Flooding (DR-1345)

Incident period: October 3, 2000 to October 11, 2000
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 4, 2000

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 19, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- The federal coordinating officer in charge of recovery from this month's flooding disaster in South Florida expressed concern today that many people who suffered losses may be forfeiting their ability to obtain state and federal assistance.
October 18, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- The floods that hit South Florida on Oct. 3rd damaged thousands of homes and businesses, but it also put a lot of people out of work. Residents of Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties who are unemployed as a result of the disaster may be eligible for special federal/state unemployment compensation made available by the disaster declaration. According to Joe Myers, state coordinating officer for the recovery, the following applicants may be eligible under this disaster-related program:
October 18, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- A specially equipped mobile disaster recovery center (DRC) continues to reach out to disaster-struck residents in Miami-Dade County. The center will move from West Miami to North Miami Beach at close-of-business Wednesday evening.
October 17, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- State and federal disaster officials urge any victims of the early October rains who have registered for assistance and have questions or concerns about disaster-related needs to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency toll-free Helpline. That number is 1-800-525-0321. For the hearing or speech impaired the number to call is 1-800-462-7585. These numbers provide a two-way street between flood victims and assistance agencies. Call the Helpline
October 16, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- Federal and State disaster officials urged residents in South Florida to take immediate action to clean up and throw out flood-damaged household goods as quickly as possible. Wet or damp household goods generate mold, and mold may cause serious allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections and other respiratory problems. "There is no need to keep damaged items to show to housing inspectors," explained Justo Hernandez, the federal official overseeing recovery efforts. Hernandez said that photographs of household damage would be sufficient to verify losses.
October 13, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- More than 30,000 people who suffered damage in the recent flooding have applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance since President Clinton declared Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties disaster areas Oct. 4th. FEMA and state agencies are working hard get relief to flooded residents as rapidly as possible. The results to date include:

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Photo of two people cleaning up after a flood.Miami, FL October 15, 2000 - Americorp volunteer Derrick Higgins helps West Miami residents with their flood clean up. Photo by Kay Hickcox/Americorps News Photo.

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